African Americans are generally not known for receiving plastic surgery, but it seems that trend is reversing. While Caucasian women are by far the biggest group receiving cosmetic procedures, those in the African American community are overcoming the stigma that may have been there previously to seek out enhancements.
Though African Americans only receive a fraction of cosmetic procedures in the United States, the numbers are on the rise.
According to the annual survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, ethnicity plays a role in deciding to get plastic surgery as well as deciding which procedure to get. About 25 percent of the surgeons surveyed reported an increase in the number of Hispanic, African American, and Asian patients they saw in 2011.
Of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, African Americans and Hispanics were most likely to have received rhinoplasty, more commonly called a nose job. Eighty-eight percent of African Americans opting for cosmetic surgery had this procedure, up 10 percent from 2010, and 67 percent of Hispanics chose it.
Asian Americans were most likely to have received blepharoplasty, which is eye lid surgery, (56 percent) or rhinoplasty (35 percent). Caucasians were more likely to get rhinoplasty (41 percent) followed by facelifts (34 percent).
Since more African Americans are considering and getting rhinoplasty surgery, there has been a been an uptick in plastic surgeons who specialize in so-called “ethnic” nose jobs.
Since many African Americans look at celebrities like Lil' Kim and the late Michael Jackson as people who took rhinoplasty to the extreme, they are now looking to have the procedure done in a way that preserves their unique ethnic heritage and characteristics. Though they may want an imperfection corrected or an updated look, they don’t want to lose their ancestral heritage.
Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, has been able to create the look many of his African American patients are going for when they consult him about getting rhinoplasty.